[Svrilist] SV in the News: 17 04 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Apr 17 07:47:29 SAST 2009








Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is a list of newspaper articles and other stories on sexual
violence from across the globe. If you would like to suggest resources
to be included on the SVRI Updates or on the SVRI website, please email 
svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> . For additional resources and
information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org
<http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Afghan law does not allow rape, cleric backer says
Reuters, 16 April 2009
A new Afghan law that has drawn Western condemnation for restricting
women's rights does not allow marital rape as its critics claim, but
lets men refuse to feed wives who deny them sex, the cleric behind it

Saudi Arabia to regulate girls' marriages
Reuters, 14 April 2009
Saudi Arabia plans to regulate the marriages of young girls, its justice
minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday, after a court refused to
nullify the marriage of an 8-year-old to a man 50 years her senior.

Sunday school teacher may now be accused of rape in girl's slaying
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 April 2009
US prosecutors say they're considering rape and molestation allegations
against a Sunday school teacher suspected of killing an eight-year-old
girl and putting her body in a suitcase.

Bolivia: New Constitution Means New Reality for Women and Girls
AWID, 13 April 2009
At a referendum held on January 25th, 61% of Bolivans approved the new
Constitution, which for the first time dedicates a chapter to women's

Half of Jamaican teen girls forced to have sex - 94% of adolescent
pregnancies unplanned, study reveals
The Gleaner, Jamaica W.I., 13 April 2009
Forty-nine per cent of girls aged 15-17 in Jamaica's capital, Kingston,
have reportedly experienced sexual coercion or violence. One-third
stated that they had been persuaded or forced to participate in their
first sexual experience, a study has revealed.

Gender imbalance will endure for decades 
Independent Online, 12 April 2009
Selective abortion in favour of males has left China with 32 million
more boys than girls, creating an imbalance that will endure for
decades, an investigation released on Friday warned.

WEST AFRICA: When sex becomes a luxury 
IRIN News, 10 April 2009
Amid high demand from victims of female genital mutilation and cutting
(FGM/C) for clitoral reconstruction surgery available in Burkina Faso,
the procedure remains unaffordable for most.

Zimbabwe: Religion and Poverty Force Girls into Early Marriages 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 9 April 2009
While her peers get ready to go to school each morning, 14-year-old
Matipedza (not her real name) of Marange district in Manicaland has to
stay behind to prepare breakfast for her 67-year-old husband.

12-year-old kids engaging in risky sex
Times of India, 9 April 2009
Christine Markham, assistant professor of behavioral science at the
University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health, and colleagues
examined risky sexual behaviour among middle school students.

Aid expulsion heavy blow to Darfur women, children
The Associated Press, 8 April 2009
With her health options limited, one woman in this Darfur refugee camp
is considering a risky alternative: a traditional healer who promises
his potion of holy water, charcoal and glue, touched by verses of the
Quran, can cure her uterus inflammation.

Dad who sold daughter pleads no contest 
Sydney Morning Herald, 8 April 2009
man accused of selling his 14-year-old daughter into marriage for
$16,000, beer and meat has pleaded no contest to felony child

Toddler needs more surgery after rape
Independent Online, 7 April 2009
A baby who was brutally raped has returned to her home in Elsie's River,
but will have to return to hospital to undergo further surgery on

Rwanda's rape victims - 15 years on
Radio Netherlands, 7 April 2009
The scale of the Rwandan genocide shocked the world - and left the
country reeling. An estimated 800,000 people died in 100 days of wanton
violence that began 15 years ago this week. And the Hutu militias not
only murdered their mostly Tutsi victims, but anywhere between a quarter
and half a million women were subjected to brutal sexual attacks.

PAKISTAN: Video footage of flogging sends shockwaves across country
IRIN News, 7 April 2009
Video footage of the flogging of a 17-year-old girl by bearded Taliban
extremists in volatile Swat Valley, North West Frontier Province (NWFP),
has sent shockwaves across Pakistan and highlighted the issue of
violence against women.

Study Finds Honor Killings a Major Portion of Pakistan's Homicides 
The Online NewsHour, 6 April 2009
One in every five homicides in Pakistan is a so-called "honor killing,"
according to a new epidemiological study published in the European
Journal of Public Health.

Jury selection in Iraq rape case 
BBC News, 6 April 2009
Jury selection has begun in the civilian trial of a former US soldier on
charges of raping a teenage girl and killing her and her family in Iraq.


SYRIA: Fears over gender-based violence in Iraqi community
IRIN News, 6 April 2009
UN agencies working in Syria are worried about high levels of sexual and
gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Iraqi refugee community.

Panel Decries Neglect of Sexual Violence in Congo 
Women's E-news, 5 April 2009
Congo has been described as the worst country to be a woman, due to
sexual atrocities being committed in the eastern part of the country. At
a New York media event late last month, African panelist tried to rally
humanitarian attention.

MTA agent defends token booth clerk who allegedly ignored subway rape
victim's cry for help
Daily News, 4 April 2009
An MTA agent who worked at the Queens station where a young woman was
brutally raped Friday defended the token booth clerk who did not rush to
her aid.

U.S. Department of Defense Partners With Men Can Stop Rape on Sexual
Assault Prevention Campaign 
PR NewsWire, 2 April 2009
Today, in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the U.S. Department
of Defense (DoD) is launching a sexual assault prevention campaign it
developed with a nationally-recognized expert in the field, Men Can Stop
Rape, Inc. (MCSR).

Ambassador denies Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) risk in Nigeria
Irish Times, 1 April 2009
THE NIGERIAN ambassador to Ireland has denied that female genital
mutilation (FGM) is a widespread practice in her country, and insists
that Pamela Izevbekhai and her two daughters are safe to return to

Global Coalition Backs New U.N. Gender Body
Inter Press Service News Agency, 30 March 2009
An international coalition of over 300 women's organisations and human
rights groups, representing more than 50 countries, is lending its
support to a proposal aimed at creating a strong new women's body at the
United Nations.

Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated
evidence-based responses.

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